Roots of Change


Climate change and food production are interconnected. This project explores the concept of Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes to deliver a series of connected growing spaces along the vast network of canals in the city of Birmingham.

City Hospital has been transformed into the centre of this new community-growing scene and showcases the potential of urban environments to grow food. This is designed to raise awareness about this pressing global issue, inspire people to grow their own food and to bring communities together. It also addresses local issues relating to health and well-being and promotes and encourages healthy lifestyles.

My name is Iain Candlish and originally I studied Hispanic Studies as a degree, leading to five fantastic years teaching English in Spain and exploring its diverse culture and landscape. Since discovering Landscape Architecture, I have striven to learn more about this fascinating subject and to deliver responses to project briefs using a variety of media.
I am passionate about addressing local and global issues in order to improve people’s lifestyles as well as the environment around them and to rediscover the importance and benefits of nature.

The Parkside Building
5 Cardigan Street
Birmingham B4 7BD UK
+44 (0)121 331 5000